Building Official

DATE: March 23, 2012

JOB TITLE: Building Official
DEPARTMENT: Community Development
DIVISION: Building Inspection

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Community Development

DIRECTION OF OTHERS: Senior Building Inspector, Building Inspector(s), Part-Time Inspector(s) and Administrative Assistant.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE MINIMUM: Associate degree in Building Inspection Technology or related field and a minimum of five (5) years of building inspection experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be certified as a Building Official by the State of Minnesota. Must be certified as a Building Plans Examiner by the International Code Council within 6 months.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE PREFERRED: Bachelor's degree in administration, architecture, engineering or related field. Two (2) years of supervisory experience of building inspectors. Two years (2) of experience as a municipal Building Official. Certified as a Building Plans Examiner and Building Inspector by the International Code Council.

NATURE OF WORK: Effectively organize plan and manage the work of the Building Inspection Division.

WORK PERFORMED/AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
I. Administer and direct the enforcement of adopted construction codes and ordinances.

A. Coordinate the application of local, state and federal laws relative to construction activity.
B. Resolve difficult and complex building code compliance issues.
C. Performs plan review.
D. Performs inspections.
E. Serve as an ex officio member of and act as secretary to the Building Code Boards of Appeals.

II. Supervises, coordinates, and directs the activities of overall functions of the Building Inspections Division; establishes rules, regulations and policies for the division in conjunction with the Director of Community Development.

A. Provide supervision for the Building Inspection Division staff including performance appraisals, staff development and training and hiring recommendations and disciplinary actions.
B. Establish division goals and objectives and create methods for attaining the same.
C. Prepare and maintain the division's operating budget.
D. Monitors daily activity and workload for staff of the division.
E. Assists staff in the interpretation and application of the building code.
F. Assists staff in the resolution of conflicts with designers, contractors, developers and property owners.

III. Appear before and provide to the City Council, City Administrator, public agencies, business and civic groups and other organizations or groups information related to code enforcement, construction projects, policies, proposals etc.

A. Meet and provide technical information to designers, contractors, developers and property owners relative to construction regulations and procedures.
B. Develop methods to enhance the division's public relations.
C. Initiate legal actions when needed to insure compliance with adopted codes and ordinances.

EXTENT AND TYPE OF INTERACTION WITH PUBLIC:
I. Excellent written and oral communication with citizens, staff, designers, contractors, developers and other local, state and federal agencies.
II. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the division.

A. Advise and assist contractors, developers, designers, and the general public in matters relating to code requirements for building design and construction.
B. Follows up on citizen questions and requests for materials and information concerning construction and code requirements in a timely manner.
C. Follows up on citizen complaints in areas pertaining to the department.
D. Maintains good relations with building contractors, developers, plumbers and property owners in the course of reviewing plans, issuing permits, and conducting inspections.

REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND REGISTRATIONS:
I. Must possess a valid driver's license.
II. Must be currently certified as a Minnesota Building Official.
III. Must be certified Plans Examiner with the International Code Council or obtain that certification within six months of hire.
IV. All required licenses and certifications must be maintained active and valid by the employee.

EQUIPMENT AND TOOL OPERATION:
I. Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous tools and equipment relative to this Employee position which shall include but not be limited to; motor vehicles, communication equipment, computers, copy machines, fax machines, measuring devices, leveling devices and calculators.

WORKING HOURS AND CONDITIONS:
I. Generally 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.
II. Office environment and construction job site activities which may include walking, climbing bending, and crawling in a normal construction environment. This may include exposure to the natural elements, dust, insects, and conditions which could be hazardous or dangerous relative to construction sites.
III. As approved by the Department Director and availability of funds, continuing education and training will be provided to ensure a competent level of ability to perform the duties of this position and to allow maintenance of required licenses and certifications.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: This position requires an equal amount of time spent standing, walking, and sitting. Lifting, pushing/pulling, or carrying objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds is sometimes required, with a maximum of seventy-five (75) pounds infrequently required. Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, and bending are sometimes required. Repetitive movements of the hands are sometimes required. Audio, visual, and verbal functions are essential functions to performing this position. The majority of the workday is spent indoors.